U21 call up for McNamee and Duffy

15 May 2013; Derry City's Barry McNamee with his Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for April 2013. Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
15 May 2013; Derry City's Barry McNamee with his Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for April 2013. Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
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Derry City’s Barry McNamee has been called up to the Republic of Ireland’s U21 squad or the forthcoming UEFA Championships qualifier against the Faroe Islands - the only League of ireland player in the panel.

Shane Duffy of Everton also makes the 18 man squad for the August 14 qualifier in Toftir.

“I’ve watched the Faroes twice now and if anybody thinks we just have to turn up and collect the three points then they are kidding themselves,” said U21 Head Coach Noel King.

“They’ve got off to a solid start and proved in the Romania game that they will be a hard side to beat. We will be going there looking to win the game and people might expect us to do so but I am anticipating this being a tough test.”

King has to operate without the suspended Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde while John Egan, Eoin Wearan and Mark O’Brien are all presently out of consideration as they recover from lengthy injuries.

“The injuries and suspensions are part of managing any team and we have good players who have shown that they can do a job for the side,” said King.

“With the elevation of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick to the senior squad – and everybody in our group is delighted for them – it shows that the U21 team is an excellent step towards playing senior international football.”

The finals of the 2015 UEFA U21 Championships are to be held in the Czech Republic with ultimately four European teams then qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.